GT500 Confirmed With Supercharged 5.2L V8 and Mega Brakes

Three leaked images confirm the next Shelby Mustang will once again be supercharged. 

The first image shows a flat top, upside down supercharger embossed with Shelby’s infamous cobra and the now familiar 5.2-liter displacement, finally putting to rest rumors of a 7.0-liter V8.

Little else is known about the motor, but a 700+ horsepower figure wouldn’t be ridiculous considering Ford’s flat-plane 5.2-liter V8 already kicks out 526-hp in the GT350.

Accompanying the first image, was a snapshot of the engine oil requirements for Ford’s 2020 North American engine lineup, which confirms for the first time that the GT350 will actually live on alongside the GT500.

 

After being left behind in 2017 by the headline-making Dodge Demon and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, Ford is clearly looking to revenge themselves with a hot Mustang, and if the size of the GT500’s brakes are any indication, this car’s going to be a scorcher. Gone are the GT350’s aesthetically pleasing cross drilled rotors, for a stronger and higher-performing slotted set, along with what has to be the biggest set of calipers the factory has ever bolted on a Mustang. 

The brakes are also stamped with the code KR3V which seemingly points to their legitimacy. GT350 rotors are stamped FR3V where F=2015 R3=Mustang V= specialty vehicle engineering–the K seen here allegedly points to model year 2019, which potentially indicates a debut at some point during 2018. 

It’s possible Ford pulls the sheet on its newest cobra bearing creation in and around the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January, but Ford has become increasingly tight-lipped and secretive regarding everything Mustang.

 

 

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